Dry scalp

Angela - posted on 11/21/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 21 month old daughter's head is pretty dry. We have hard water, which contributes. I use a children's conditioner on her. It's not flaking off like dandruff, but you can really see it, especially when her hair is parted and pulled back. Anyone have any suggestions of how to get rid of this?

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My daughter is 22mths and I do the following: While she is sitting in the bath I rub her head with warm olive oil and then use a curry comb (one of the flat round ones - my grandpa used one) to gently loosen it. Do not use it to long or with to much pressure as your bubs scalp will become sensitive. Once that is done, I use a headlice comb to go through her hair and remove all the dead skin. Then rinse it with clean water.
I find that doing it in the bath is easiest as she loves a swim and is distracted by the toys.
You can also try a combination of oil and sugar and gently massage onto the scalp.
Remember: If it doesn't look like it is clearing up or it is getting infect or your just concerned always go and see your gp or ped, as it might be a skin condition like eczema.
Good luck! :)

Kristy - posted on 11/30/2010

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i agree with Darci.....Joico is really good on babies hair i use it on my son...... Paul Mitchel also has a baby line that works very well it could also be curices (spell check) my husband has that really bad and you could see the doctor and get medicaded shampoo....if it is that also cutting there hair short and letting their scalp dry can really help my husband bics his head and it takes it right away until his hair grows back......hope everything works out

Michelle - posted on 11/29/2010

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Aloe Jojoba Shampoo is fantastic - if you can find a Forever Living Distributor over there I would definatley give it a try great for dry skin / scalps in general and very good for keeping eczema at bay too! Suitable for all hair types and can help control irritation - Unfortunately I am in the UK or else I would have sent you a sample to try - I use it on my children and their hair looks and feels amazing too! x

Shachar - posted on 11/26/2010

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When my baby had cradle cap, our pediatrician told us to use regular dandruff shampoo. You gotta be real carful on the eyes but it works great! Especially along with the suggested oil use (olive or baby oils both worked just fine). Good luck!

Darci - posted on 11/25/2010

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Could she still have some craddle cap coming back. My niece and what looked like cradle cap for ever almost up until recently she just turned 3. I am a licensed cosmetologist and master esthetician and I feel like a I know enough about scalps. If it is just a case of really dry scalp try geting a different shampoo and conditioner get a hydrating shampoo and conditioner and spend the extra money and get some quality professional stuff none of that crap from the grocery store. Also although some grocery stores do carry some professional lines such as paul mitchell. They are not guarenteed when bought at the grocery store and are most likely tampered with some are watered down. Paul mitchel himself admited to the the fact that profestional products by him at the grocery store are infact watered down and tampered with. So get some good stuff from a beauty supply like trade secret it is in most malls. I would just avoid Tigi bed head products because they have a ton of fragrance added and can irritate your baby. Try something like Enjoy hydrating sampoo and conditioner or Halo or Joico. Pureology has a good one but i wouldnt recomend the conditoner by them for baby it is mentholated like minting cool feeling. But their hydrating shampoo is a good one. You could try leave in conditioners put it on her scalp. Try spray on ones. Pravana makes a good one. You could get a deep conditioner and put it on her scalp once a week rub it in to her scalp and leave it on for about 5 minutes while she soaks in a bath. Or even try putting baby oil on her scalp while shes in the bath and let it soak for a little bit then rinse it.

Well good luck.

Traci - posted on 11/25/2010

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try Burts Bees shampoo, its a little more expensive but beleive its all natural, when my daughter was younger and the cradle cap started i used burts bees and it never got bad and eventually went away.I use a little more then a normal shampoo cause it doesn't lather as well as some and make sure you give the head a good massage. Its good stuff and you dont have to leave any oils in the hair which is nice!

Alyssa - posted on 11/25/2010

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I agree with using baby oil. Another tip is to not wash his hair more than once a week. With the winter, comes excessive dry skin and scalp is the worst! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 11/25/2010

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both my boys have this problem, the older to a greater extent than the younger. i use baby oil as mentioned by other posters but never use any shampoos or body washes. older boys is completely cleared up and youngest one is nearly there.

Pamela - posted on 11/24/2010

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Try California Baby shampoo and body wash. It has tea-tree and other ingredients that treat cradle cap and other skin conditions.

Jenny - posted on 11/23/2010

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I agree with the previous poster, though we used baby oil at room temp. We also use an organic shampoo which is designed for babies with skin conditions.

Geraldine - posted on 11/22/2010

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It sounds like cradle cap. My 21mth old ds has it as well. I use warm olive oil. Put it on at nite and let her sleep in it. Den by morning it wil hav softened and some should comb out...Wil prob take a few goes but it does work.
hth

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